Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Rocky is a feisty little guy and has no fear. He will climb anything and attack anyone. I guess after getting chucked out of a moving vehicle, he has nothing left to fear... I'm just glad to see Rocky and Ford get along!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I made lots of promises the last time I posted.. Promises I can't keep. I promised to share pictures from the house tour we went on, but I was not able to take any pictures on the inside of the homes.. I will share a few of my favorite house's outsides..
The above were some of my favorites from the tour. The first one was absolutely gorgeous! It looks small from the outside, but it has wonderful high ceilings and wide open space!
Also while I have been away, My mom and brother came to visit. Sadly I do not have any pictures of them from the visit.. It did not occur to me to take pictures of them.. I do have a few snapshots from when we went to the zoo though..
I had a wonderful visit with the fam. We spent 3 days in Austin. I didn't get to see much Austin though. We mostly hung out at my brothers Grandmas house. The second day we were ther I got sick, but was better by the third day. I feel like the week they were here went by much to fast, and yet went by way to slow also. I love my fam, but I can only take so much of them at one time...
My zoo has a ton of wonderful water features. This is one of the many waterfalls in the park.
And last but not least, I, at the ripe old age of 26, became a great aunt today! My nephew had a baby girl (well, his baby momma had the baby..). Her name is Shelby Nicole and she weighed in at 5lbs 13oz. As soon as I get some pictures I will post them!!
P.s. I will be spending much of this weekend catching up on all the blogs I follow, and posting many more cute pictures of the new kitten.. I will also reveal its name.. So stay tuned!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
So I called the hubs and asked what he thought (he said yes!). The lady had told me that she had watched someone in a truck toss these poor babies out onto the side of the road. She picked them up but is not able to keep them due to her dog, trying to eat them. She placed the kittens at 6 weeks old. I think they are a little bit younger than that. It seems like our new baby still has trouble focusing his eyesight and he tried to nurse on the hubby's shirt.
The new kitten does not have a name yet, I was told by the lady I got it from that its a boy, but I'm not so sure. It's still quite young and its hard to tell.. So we are just calling it baby or tiny for now..
Looks like a comfy place to sleep..
I hope everyone has an awesome weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful mothers out there!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I also mentioned an upcoming trip to Austin, and my mother coming to visit. My mom and brother are coming down from Oregon on Monday. They will only be here for a week, and I've got our time well spent! There will be a trip to Austin, a Mothers Day dinner and of course a day spent at my Zoo!
My mom and I on my wedding day.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
8 things I did yesterday:
Saturday, May 02, 2009
I have been so far behind on posting my weekend baking.. You'll just have to pretend you read this post last Sunday!
Below I have copied and pasted the recipe from Gordon Ramsay's website along with a video of him preparing the Beef Wellington. As for the desert, I got the recipe off of a puff pastry box.
.88 lbs Beef fillet
.88 lbs Flat mushrooms (we don't like mushrooms and left them out. It is still just as good..)
4 slices Parma ham (can substitute with Prosciutto)
English mustard for brushing meat (we couldn't find English Mustard so we just used Dijon, even though Gordon Ramsay says not too..)
.44 lbs puff pastry
2 Egg yolks
1 Clove garlic, crushed
1 Sprig thyme (fresh)
Salt and pepper
2. Heat oil in a large pan and sear the meat on all sides. Don’t cook the meat, just brown each side. Let it cool and then brush it with the mustard.
3. Chop the mushrooms in a food processor to make a puree. Throw the puree in a hot pan with no oil and sweat out all of the liquid. Let the water evaporate and then set it aside to cool.
4. Lay four slices of parma ham down on a large piece of cling film, slightly overlapping, then brush with mushroom mixture.
5. Put the beef in the middle of the ham and roll the ham around the beef using the cling film. Twist the ends of the cling film to tighten the roll, then refrigerate it for 15 minutes to let it set.
6. Roll your puff pastry and then brush the edges with Egg wash. Roll the pastry over the beef completely covering it. Cut off any excess pieces. Egg wash the top. Put your roll back in the fridge for 5 minutes. Egg wash again and bake for 35-40 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
7. Par boil the potatoes in salted water. Quarter them and leave the skin on. Sauté in olive oil and butter with the garlic and thyme, until browned and cooked through. Season. Remove the thyme and garlic before serving.
8. Serve the Wellington in hearty slice's.
This made for a very wonderful Sunday Lunch (dinner). I look forward to my husband making this dish again! It was very yummy and I encourage everyone to try it!
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!♥